Deutsche Lufthansa AG, commonly simply known as Lufthansa and sometimes internationally as Lufthansa German Airlines) is the largest airline in Europe, both in terms of overall passengers carried and fleet size, and flag carrier of Germany. Having been a state-owned enterprise until 1994, the majority of Lufthansa’s shares are nowadays held by private investors (88.52%), as well as MGL Gesellschaft für Luftverkehrswerte (10.05%), Deutsche Postbank (1.03%), and Deutsche Bank (0.4%). The name of the company is derived from Luft (the German word for “air”), and Hansa (a Latin term referring to the Hanseatic League).
The airline operates services to 18 los destinos nacionales y 197 destinos internacionales en 78 países de África, Americas, Asia y Europa, con una flota de más de 280 avión. Together with its partners, Lufthansa serves around 500 destinos. With over 620 avión, it has one of the largest passenger airline fleets in the world when combined with its subsidiaries. Lufthansa’s registered office and corporate headquarters are in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Alemania. The main operations base, called Lufthansa Aviation Center (LAC), is located at Lufthansa’s primary traffic hub at Frankfurt Airport. The majority of Lufthansa’s pilots, ground staff, and flight attendants are based in Frankfurt. Lufthansa is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, formed in 1997. En 2012, Lufthansa Group carried over 103 millones de pasajeros.
Lufthansa’s frequent-flyer programme is called Miles & More, and is shared among several European airlines, including Austrian Airlines, Adria Airways, Croatia Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Luxair, Swiss International Air Lines, and Brussels Airlines.
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